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Home Winners > Winners 2017 > New World Sparkling Wine

Winner Details

New World Sparkling Wine

2017 Gold: 2 Silver: 4 Bronze: 2 Commended: 4
2016 Gold: 2 Silver: 3 Bronze: 2 Commended: 5

Sparkling wine, we know, is a crowded market. But it’s also a growing one, so there are still opportunities for products to carve out a niche for themselves. New World sparkling is not a particularly easy sell, but as our tasters pointed out, it’s stylistically different from both champagne and English fizz so there is a place for it – particularly at these prices.

And if you’re looking for something different, whether it’s a super-elegant Tazzy sparkler or a category-defying Canadian ice-wine sparkler, this is as good a place as any to start.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘They were all well made – mostly methode traditionelle. I liked this flight!’ Agustin Trapero, Avenue

‘Half of this flight were considerably cheaper than house champagne and delivered very well. They sit between prosecco and house champagne. The two most expensive wines were good – complex, and they delivered. But they would be the hardest sell.’ Hamish Anderson, Tate Catering

‘I was impressed across the whole flight, but my favourites were the cheapest. They covered all the bases. There was fruit, florality, good mousse and nice acidity. As they got more expensive they looked like they were trying too hard.’ Sue Jones, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

‘I was surprised. There was really good quality and balance. The best value was in the £10-£15 area – they would be about £50 on a list – stylistically similar to champagne, but cheaper.’ Masahito Suzuki, Sosharu

 

‘I was amazed by the sparkling ice wine. It was really impressive, though it would be a real hand sell.’ Andrea Cotichella, Wernher Restaurant at Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa

Award winners

Found 12 wines

Sparkling: New World countries

Simonsig, Kaapse Vonkel, Brut 2015, Western Cape, South Africa

Gold medal winner

Simonsig Estate snapped up Gold with its approachable yet complex fizz. Mattia Mazzi of Lutyens found it to be ‘dry, lean and refreshing, with minerals and a good fruit component’, while Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson highlighted its ‘bright acid, nice toast and cream – plenty here for the price’. Hakkasan Group’s Olivier Gasselin suggested serving this with foie gras terrine.

£9.40 Jascots Wine Merchants, Alexander Wines, C&O Wines

Arras, Grand Vintage 2007, Tasmania, Australia

Gold medal winner

Arras took Gold for Tasmania, demonstrating a ‘beautiful’ style, according to Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson, who found a ‘fine, complex nose, elegant, pure and really good’, adding: ‘It’s tightly wound, and very un-New World, somehow. Poised, long and complex.’ Team leader Simon Woods enjoyed its ‘complex, ripe, rounded and nutty’ notes, while Hakkasan Group’s Olivier Gasselin suggested it would be a perfect match with fresh rock oysters.

£26.61 Liberty Wines

Akarua, Brut NV, Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand

Silver medal winner

Team leader Sam Caporn MW felt this was ‘youthful but showing tertiary notes’, pointing out its ‘light, yeasty, savoury development, with notes of cracked toffee’. ‘Lovely, broad, appealing flavours of fruit, cream and butter, big and enveloping, needs food,’ added Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson.

£17.25 Liberty Wines

Miolo, Brut Millésime 2011, Vale dos Vinhedos, Brazil

Silver medal winner

Andrea Cotichella of Wernher Restaurant at Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa found it ‘intense, elegant and mineral’, with team leader Laura Rhys MS adding: ‘Some autolytic character with nice complexity.’

£15.93 Bibendum

Inniskillin, Sparkling Vidal Icewine 2014, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada

Silver medal winner

An unusual style, with team leader Laura Rhys MS finding it ‘rich and elegant with bright fruit’, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn’s Sue Jones highlighting ‘Turkish Delight, rose petals and fresh acidity’, and Masahito Suzuki of Sosharu noting its ‘acacia, touches of mineral and good length’.

£33.39 Liberty Wines

Doña Paula, Sauvage Blanc NV, Mendoza, Argentina

Silver medal winner

A floral style, which Sosharu’s Masahito Suzuki found ‘good, earthy and creamy, with persistent bubbles and mineral notes’, while Sue Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn noted a ‘sweeter nose, vegetal and creamy on the palate, full of flavours and aromatics’.

£9.15 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Graham Beck, Brut NV, Robertson, South Africa

Bronze medal winner

A high standard for a Chardonnay-Pinot Noir style, with Masahito Suzuki of Sosharu finding a ‘fine entry, with good bubbles, minerals and a slightly creamy texture’, and team leader Laura Rhys MS noting ‘delicate fruit, good weight and texture, with mineral notes’.

£11.77 Bibendum

Fowles Wine, Are You Game?, Sparkling Brut NV, Victoria, Australia

Bronze medal winner

‘Violets and floral notes on an aromatic nose, pleasant with an earthy finish and long aftertaste,’ said Agustin Trapero of Avenue. ‘Honeyed character on the nose and some elderflower and vanilla, too, with a touch of residual sugar. Appealing,’ added team leader Sam Caporn MW.

£9.94 Enotria&Coe

Akana, Gold, Brut NV, Central Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£11.80 Akana Wines S.A.

Undurraga, Brut Royal NV, Leyda Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£10.35 Eurowines

Apaltagua, Costero, Extra Brut NV, San Antonio Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

Peller Estates, Ice Cuvée, Sparkling NV, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada

Commended medal winner

£19.20 Enotria&Coe

 

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